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A young woman in blue scrubs works on a mouth model with a young man who has an intellectual and developmental disability.

Central Nine Students Learn Oral Health, Inclusive Care

By 8:30 a.m., the dental careers classroom at Central Nine Career Center is filled with scrub-wearing high school students. They’ve turned one side of the room into a seating area with a makeshift banquet table in the shape of a U, adorned with cloth napkins carefully folded into Christmas trees. On the other side of the massive room, tables are arranged in small pods dedicated to a specific activity: mouth models with toothbrushes, medical gowns and masks for “dress up” and oral health worksheets for coloring. Interspersed between all of this are oral health teaching materials, sterilization equipment and three dental operatories, where students learn how to use equipment.

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